June 3, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Jackie Figg – Jubilee Special!

Happy Jubilee!

i2Art is celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee with the work of Artist Jackie Figg

A visit to Colchester Castle museum in 1995 sparked Jackie’s initial passion for mosaics. The beautifully preserved Roman mosaic floors inspired Jackie to master the techniques and create her own mosaic artworks. Working from her studio in the Essex countryside, Jackie fulfills her love of colour, pattern, detail & form from the initial designs through to the finished mosaics.

Each mosaic is constructed from a variety of materials, including matt porcelain, vitreous glass, mirror & glazed ceramic tiles all hand cut with meticulous care and precision. This beautiful ancient artform stands the test of time, being naturally hardwaring, non-fading, waterproof and able to withstand extreme temperatures, thus making mosaic art ideal for both inside and out.

Jackies particular passion is to create mosaic art of the human form. Embracing the disciplines of proportion, perspective, form, colour and tone, which provide the greatest challenge but also give the greatest satisfaction

To see more of the Summer Exhibition Artist’s work, available to buy, visit – http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/253/SUMMER-EXHIBITION-2012.html

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June 1, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Yasmin Marsh

Yasmin was born in Oxford in 1966. She began sketching and painting in both watercolours and oils in around 1979. Her subjects at this time were mainly still life based on branches of trees and dried flowers and portraits of literary figures, Samuel Beckett and Thomas Hardy. She studied English Literature and Fine Art, graduating in 1991 from the University College of Ripon and York St. John. In 1996 she qualified as an Art Therapist from the University of Hertfordshire and worked in mental health until the birth of her first child in 1999.

Her current paintings are oils on both canvas and board. They are mainly sunsets, landscapes and seascapes inspired by visits to Iceland, Morocco, Denmark and the Norfolk Coast. She is interested in trying to capture the feelings evoked by the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Yasmin has enjoyed participating in Cambridge Open Studios in both 2009 and 2010. She has exhibited at the b Gallery in Toddington, Bedfordshire and Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton, Cambridgeshire.

To see more of Yasmin’s work, available to buy, visit – http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/253/SUMMER-EXHIBITION-2012.html

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May 26, 2012

i2Art Summer Exhibition Starts Today!

i2Art Summer Exhibition – until the 4th August!

The i2Art Summer Exhibition is always a crowd pleaser and this year will be no different, featuring artworks from both new and familiar faces with something for everyone.

Sarah Booth’s gorgeous folk art oils of fruit and birds

Expressive landscapes by Yasmin Marsh

Nettie Firman’s mixed media sculptures

Emma Petts’ colourful acrylic paintings

Robin Stemp’s unique photographic style

Sarah Warnes’ small but perfectly formed paintings

Patricia Palmers’ vibrant and dramatic landscapes

Not to mention…

Katie Lynn’s quirky glass flowers

Colin Chetwood’s paper and copper flower lamps

Alan Foxley’s ceramic forms

To see more of these artists work, available to buy, visit – http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/253/SUMMER-EXHIBITION-2012.html

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May 21, 2012

Upcoming Show – i2Art Summer Exhibition

i2Art Summer Exhibition: 26th May – 4th August

The i2Art Summer Exhibition is always a crowd pleaser and this year will be no different with an exciting selection of beautiful artworks from both new and familiar faces with something for everyone.

Featuring a range of media, from Sarah Booth’s gorgeous folk art oils of fruit and birds to expressive landscapes by Yasmin Marsh; Nettie Firman’s mixed media sculptures to Emma Petts’ colourful acrylic paintings; Robin Stemp’s unique photographic style to Sarah Warnes’ small but perfectly formed paintings and Patricia Palmers’ vibrant and dramatic landscapes. Not forgetting our i2 regulars; Katie Lynn’s quirky glass flowers, Colin Chetwood’s paper and copper flower lamps and  Alan Foxley’s ceramic forms.

May 18, 2012

Last Chance To See – Horseplay!

Our exhibiton entitled ‘Horseplay’ ends tomorrow.

‘Horseplay’ celebrates the beauty, elegance, grace and spirit of these beautiful creatures.

Why not pop in before it’s too late and see the wonderful paintings, sculptures and prints from selected local artists with a passion for horse portraiture…

Yolande Kenny

Gena Ivanov

Ramzieh Baj

Sophie Howard

In the meantime to see more of their work, available to buy, visit: http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/213/HORSEPLAY.html

May 11, 2012

Horseplay – Sophie Howard

Sophie Howard’s equine sculptures are currently adding form and texture to our horsey promenade. Why not pop in and have a look at our ‘Horseplay’ exhibition?

Sophie Howard studied scuplture at Winchester School of Art and graduated in 1979. Since then she has continued to be a practicing sculptor. She has made over 30 portrait commissions, architural details for historic house renovations and created several works for national television. In addition to following her own development as an artist, between 1988 and 2005 she designed garden statuary for several leading manufacturers. She has been employed in arts education in a number of roles including residencies, arts workshops for serious offenders and teaching Art and Design. She currently acts as a mentor and creative industries business advisor with BRAVE the enterprise agency, and ArtsMatrix, part time, as well as occasional sculpture teaching.

Sophie makes forms from clay and other materials, including willow and driftwood. Her subjects are people, animals, movement and pure forms, and the connections between all of these. Much of her work is cast into terracotta and resin as well as bronze.

Sophie’s sculpture is represented in a number of galleries in England, Scotland and Wales.

To see more of Sophie’s work, available to buy, visit: http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/213/HORSEPLAY.html

May 11, 2012

Horseplay – Ramzieh Baj

Our current exhibition ‘Horseplay’, exploring the equine form, features the work of several wonderful local artists including Ramzieh Baj. Why not pop in and have a look for yourself?

Ramzieh Baj was born in Jordan of Circassian parents from the Caucasus region of Russia.  An honours graduate in fine art from the University of Baghdad, where she studied under Faiq Hassan, she taught art before taking up a British Council scholarship to pursue her post-graduate studies in Brighton from which she graduated with distinction in painting. She was awarded an MA in Fine Art Printmaking from Cambridge School of Art in 2008; her dissertation was on ‘Globalisation and Issue Based Art’.

Ramzieh has lived and worked in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Qatar (where she lectured in art at the University), Botswana, Algeria, and Senegal, and now lives outside the village of Little Walden between Cambridge and Saffron Walden.

Solo Exhibitions include:

Botswana – Gaberone: National Museum and Gallery

Qatar – Doha: Gulf Hotel & Department of Culture and Arts.

Egypt – Cairo: Akhenaton Gallery, Zamalek

Serbia – Belgrade: Graficki Kolektiv

UK – Brighton: Hove Museum of Art

Jordan – Amman: British Council

To see more or Ramzieh’s work, available to buy, visit: http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/213/HORSEPLAY.html

May 1, 2012

Horseplay – Gena Ivanov

Our Horseplay exhibition is still on, why don’t you pop in and see it for yourself? One of our fantastic Artists is Painter Gena Ivanov…

Gena is orignally Russian, born in 1968 in Vladimir to a military family. He began to draw at school but at that time modern dance took most of his energies and interest. He went into the army and served for two years as a military artist. Art then firmly in his soul, he studied at Bobruisk Art College where he graduated with a distinction.

He then took a residency in a museum in Bobruisk and later set himself up working in his own studio by painting and working as an interior designer. In 2000 he was elected to the Artist’s Union in Belarus and in 2004 came to work in England. Gena now has a studio in Norwich and also a gallery in a popular shopping street in Norwich city centre. In 2009 he enrolled at Norwich University College of the Arts to read for a Masters in Fine Art from which he has recently graduated.

“My practice is primarily painting and poetry, the two forms working together to tell a story, the poetry illustrating the thinking behind my painted work – a turn around of normality. It tells of my constant grapple with what life means, to me and to the rest of the world.

My work is the interface between what takes place within my head, my body and how that relates to my environment and the people in it. It is intensely felt and expressed, often through the physicality of my self and my body. The paintings are often large, requiring a large physical involvement to paint them.

My work has changed a lot since I left USSR and settled in Norwich. The style I was taught in USSR was very traditional and experimenting was not encouraged. I became accustomed to painting work for sale in my gallery, but ultimately I found this constraining. The MA in Fine Art has enabled me and freed my work so that I have been able to develop some of my thinking and create a new pathway. I will continue to develop what I have started during this time.

I am on a journey through life, and my work is documenting my progress. At the same time, it is part of my progress and a journey that will continue as long as I live. It is my life.”

To see more of Gena’s work, available to buy, visit: http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/213/HORSEPLAY.html

April 17, 2012

Horseplay Preview in Images!

For those of you that couldn’t make it to our Preview last Saturday here are some pics…

Artist Gena Ivanov pictured with “Run”.

We always get so involved in talking to artists and customers that I forget to take photos until near the end!  However we welcomed over 60 people to the  Preview and made some sales, which is fabulous.

Artist Yolande Kenny and her painting “Follow Me”.

Artist Ramzieh Baj and her piece “Lady Setenaya and the Dragon”.

Some lovely people who purchased one of Yolande Kenny’s originals.

April 14, 2012

Horseplay – Yolande Kenny

Yolande Kenny’s exquisite and characterful paintings and drawings are currently part of our ‘Horseplay’ exhibition. Why not pop in and have a look for yourself?

Yolandé Kenny graduated from Central St Martin’s, University of Arts London, with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art.  Her work is found in public and private collections around Europe.

“Horses are incredibly beautiful to paint.  They are both graceful and powerful, gentle yet strong.  Their coats gleam in the sunlight and manes float in the wind.  They move with effortless immense power, muscles, from legs to neck, rhythmically flex in unison.  As running machines, they are engineered to perfection.  Some of my oils simply try to capture these graceful characteristics of a horse.

Other paintings capture the moment of eye contact between the horse and me.  Horses seem to observe us in a curiously knowing and tender way.  The space between us is more than physical.  It’s a species divide too, yet for a moment it’s as though there’s a connection in thoughts, something that bonds the human and animal gaze, and something that breaks down established boundaries.  The many differences subside and there’s no hierarchy.  My paintings capture that connection, allowing us to rethink what it means to be human and part of the natural world where everything has an integral role and equal status.”

Yolandé uses muted tones and small detail and her intention is to seek an intimate and quiet, but intense, relationship with the viewer.  She paints on stretched canvas or linen, which is prepared by sizing and then applying several base coats of Gesso.  Each coat is gently sanded when dry to remove the rough qualities of the material, without taking away its natural weave.  Using Old Masters’ techniques, several layers of transparent oils are then applied, to embrace a surface illusion of undulating form and depth.

After growing up in Derby, and initially developing a successful career based around car design, Yolandé took the difficult step of changing career direction to follow a life-long desire to paint.  She now lives and works in Hertfordshire.  Besides art, her interests include photography, animal welfare and yoga.

Horse Portrait Commissions Available

Portraits of your horse available in Oil and Graphite in a variety of sizes.

Artist Yolande Kenny’s sensitive horse portraits perfectly capture the nature and character of these exquisite animals. Yolande takes commissions, so if you are interested in having your horse painted please ask at the desk and we will put you in touch.

To see more of Yolande’s work, available to buy, visit: http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/213/HORSEPLAY.html